In a move that should come as a surprise to almost no one, what will be the brief Tyler Murphy era at Boston College is officially on.
Speaking to reporters on the ACC coaches teleconference Wednesday, BC head coach Steve Addazio confirmed that Murphy, as the Palm Beach Post‘s Matt Porter tweeted, has established himself as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Experience, obviously, played a role in Murphy topping the likes of Darius Wade and James Walsh to claim the starting job.
“You’re talking about a guy who’s been in the heat of the battle. He’s a veteran, experienced guy who’s been a starter in the SEC,” Addazio said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “He’s got tremendous pocket presence. He throws the ball really well and is obviously really dynamic with his feet.”
After UF starter Jeff Driskel suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the 2013 season, Murphy went on to start the next six games. Murphy’s own injury issues forced him out of the last three games of the season. That shoulder injury, however, did not impact Murphy this spring.
Murphy transferred from Florida to BC in January of this year, with his status as a graduate transfer earning him immediate eligibility. Addazio was an assistant coach with the Gators in 2010, Murphy’s first year with the program. That familiarity gave the transfer a leg-up in the competition this spring.
“Obviously, my familiarity with him – I recruited him. I coached him. I knew him well,” Addazio said. “He’s pretty comfortable in terms of our program, our weight room, the way we practice, our terminology — it’s not a foreign animal to him.”